With modern homebuilding techniques it is not uncommon to see homes that have been standing for well over 30 years. In certain parts of the country concentrations of homes that are over 100 years old can be seen. These homes were built years before the technologies behind many of today’s electrical appliances were even thought of! The constant increase in electrical consumption in a modern home today can easily lead to these older electrical systems becoming overloaded and failing. But how does one know if their electrical system is starting to show signs of degradation? Here are some telltale signs:
Do your lights flicker? Doesn’t have to be a full ‘blink’, frequent fluttering can indicate uneven electrical flow.
Are your breakers constantly tripping? There is a problem if you have to run to the circuit breaker more than you run to the refrigerator!
Does your panel box make a crackling sound?
Are your outlets two-pronged (non-grounded)? Very common on older homes.
If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, it may be time to consider upgrading or replacing your electrical panel.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, more than 53,000 homes are destroyed by electrical fires each year, resulting in more than 2,000 deaths and injuries. Fortunately, many of the dangers associated with older electrical systems can be prevented simply by upgrading your home’s electrical panel.
Upgrading your electrical panel helps to ensure that your electrical system is equipped to meet today’s energy demands. It will also protect your family and property. If you live in an aging home, D C Electric of Raleigh can inspect your home’s electrical wiring and distribution system to determine exactly what your electrical service panel needs are. Upgrading or replacing important components can help prevent electrical emergencies before they occur. Contact us today to upgrade or replace your electric panel.